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Fairy Stone State Park

General Information

Address:

967 Fairy Stone Lake Drive
Stuart, VA 24171

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GPS Coordinates:

°36.784393 °-80.093717

Email:

Phone:

(276) 930-2424

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Overview:

Fairy Stone State Park, the largest of Virginia's six original state parks, is home to its namesake "fairy stones." These rare mineral crosses and the park's scenic beauty, rich history and ample recreational opportunities make it a local and regional favorite. The 4,537 acres that make up the park were donated by Junius B. Fishburn, former owner of the Roanoke Times, in 1933. The Civilian Conservation Corps originally created the park, its lake and many structures still in use there.

The Legend of the Fairy Stone: Many hundreds of years before Chief Powhatan's reign, fairies were dancing around a spring of water, playing with naiads and wood nymphs, when an elfin messenger arrived from a city far away. He brought news of the death of Christ. When these creatures of the forest heard the story of the crucifixion, they wept. As their tears fell upon the earth, they crystallized to form beautiful crosses.

Friends of Fairy Stone State Park

Outdoor Recreation Award for: Unique Cabin, Amazing Spot, Canoeing, Park Benches

Fairy Stone State Park

Fairy Stone State Park

Fairy Stone State Park has extensive trails divided between two systems. The Stuarts Knob system consists of about 5 miles of trails accessible on the far side of the lake near the boat launch. They are for hiking only and range in difficulty from moderate to hard. Several old iron mines may be seen in this area. The Little Mountain trail system is located on the side of the lake where most of the park’s amenities are situated. It offers about 13 miles of trails that are intended for multiuse, hiking, biking, and horseback riding.

Iron Mine Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

Difficult


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

Yellow


Distance:

1.2 miles


The Iron Mine Trail is a 1.1 mile difficult hiking trail that is accessible from the trailhead parking and provides access to the three other trails in the Stuarts Knob system. This trail offers some stunning views of Fairy Stone Lake and the surrounding mountains.

Whiskey Run Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

Difficult


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

Blue


Distance:

1.5 miles


The Whiskey Run Trail is a 1.5 mile difficult hiking trail loop that encircles the other trails in the system with only slight elevation changes. The trail passes through secluded wooded areas where abandoned mines are visible. Hikers may access this trail from the Iron Mine Trail. Whiskey Run is part of the Stuart's Knob trail system.

Stuart's Knob Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

Difficult


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

Orange+Red


Distance:

1 miles


The Stuart's Knob Trail is a 0.97 mile difficult hiking trail that is accessible from the Iron Mine Trail. It consists of two connected loops, the Upper Stuart's Knob Trail and the Lower Stuart's Knob Trail. The .75 mile upper loop is more difficult than the shorter lower loop, with a narrower, steeper trail and more switchbacks. The lower loop features an overlook at its midpoint with seating and a nice view to the west. The Stuart's Knob Trail is part of the Stuarts Knob trail system.

Mountain View Trail

Usage:

Hiking, Mountain Biking


Difficulty:

Difficult


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

2.1 miles


The Mountain View Trail is a 2.1 mile difficult multi-use trail. It is a wide paved road but it is very steep and winding as it ascends to Goose Point Road. This trail is gated as no motorized vehicles are permitted on this trail. For much of its length this trail parallels the Little Mountain Falls Trail while connecting to it at several points along the way. The trail features numerous views of the area and its smooth surface is ideal for bicyclists who are up for the challenge. The Mountain View Trail is a part of the Little Mountain trail system.

Oak Hickory Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

Easy


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

1.1 miles


The Oak Hickory Trail is a 1.1 mile moderate hiking loop that is accessible near picnic shelters 3 and 4. This trail is fairly steep for a short portion of the south side of the loop. The balance of the trail has very little change in elevation. This trail passes through a variety of woodlands and features a self-guided interpretive trail.

Beach Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

Moderate


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

White


Distance:

0.7 miles


The Beach Trail is a .74 mile moderate hiking trail that connects the campground to the beach area. The trail can be accessed from the campground, shelter 2, the upper beach parking lot, and the Visitor Center. The Beach Trail is part of the Little Mountain trail system.

Little Mountain Falls Trail

Usage:

Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding


Difficulty:

Difficult


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

Orange


Distance:

3.4 miles


The Little Mountain Falls Trail is a 3.3 mile difficult, multi-use trail loop. The trail climbs a very steep incline to an overlook and the halfway point. In either direction the climb is roughly the same. On the northern section of the trail there are some level areas as well as the trail's namesake, Little Mountain Falls. The trail is fairly wide with few obstructions however it is very steep overall. Little Mountain Falls Trail is a part of the Little Mountain trail system.

Turkey Ridge Trail

Usage:

Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding


Difficulty:

Moderate


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

Blue


Distance:

2.1 miles


The Turkey Ridge Trail is a 2.1 mile moderate multi-use trail loop. This trail is not as steep as the Little Mountain Falls Trail but still provides a challenge. In some locations the Turkey Ridge Trail shares a common right-of-way with the Lakeshore Trail. The Turkey Ridge Trail is a part of the Little Mountain trail system.

Lakeshore Trail

Usage:

Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding


Difficulty:

Moderate


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

Yellow


Distance:

0.8 miles


This 0.81 mile out and back trail runs alongside the lake and is wooded along most of its length. This trail has some steep sections but is mostly broad and flat. In some locations the Lakeshore Trail shares a common right-of-way with the Turkey Ridge Trail. The Lakeshore Trail is part of the Little Mountain trail system.

Horse Camp Trail

Usage:

Hiking, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding


Difficulty:

Moderate


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

1.8 miles


The horse trail begins on top of a ridge from Mountain View Trail and continues west until it ends at the bottom of a valley.

Swimming

Swimming

Picnicking

Picnicking

Kayaking

Kayaking

Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

Hunting

Hunting

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Hiking

Hiking

Geocaching

Geocaching

Fishing

Fishing

Canoeing

Canoeing

Camping

Camping

Boating

Boating

Biking

Biking